The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data today stating that nationally, nonfarm payroll employment increased by 171,000 during the month of October; however, the unemployment rate increased slightly to 7.9 percent from last month’s 7.8 percent. BLS also noted that private sector employment rose in the areas of professional and business services, health care and retail trade. BLS also released revised statistics in total nonfarm payroll employment for September (+114,000 to +148,000).

Ohio’s October 2012 unemployment rate and nonagricultural wage and salary data will be released by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) on Friday, November 16, 2012. This information, and the monthly statistical summaries on which it is based, is available here.